Posted by Pierre on March 23rd, 2014
Always a pleasure to solve and blog an Everyman. The usual combination of smooth surfaces and accessible clueing. The enumeration for one of the clues struck me as unusual, but perhaps others have seen it before.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
definitions are underlined
1 Song and dance, to a degree
A charade of BALL, A and D.
4 Beads scattered round the chapel
An insertion of THE in (BEADS)* with ‘scattered’ as the anagrind. Originally a pool in Jerusalem where Jesus healed the sick; now a general term for a non-conformist chapel.
10 Want adage to be self-evident
GO WITHOUT SAYING
A charade of GO WITHOUT for ‘want’ and SAYING for ‘adage’. Took me a while to see this one, even when I’d got the G_ to start with.
11 Charge across river for bait
An insertion of R in TOLL. Nothing to do with ogres or indeed with online numpties. ‘Troll: a line or bait used in trolling for fish.’
12 Willing? Sounds like servant may be ideally suited
If I’m ‘willing’, then I’m READY; and if I were a servant (which my kids think I am) then I might be a ‘maid’. Which sounds like MADE.
13 Is nice try, though scrappy, in truth
(IS NICE TRY)*
14 Old female, a music-hall singer
A charade of O, SHE and A, referring to Tessie O’SHEA, the Welsh music-hall entertainer. The enumeration given for this clue struck me. It was (1’4), indicating the apostrophe in the answer. Can’t remember ever seeing that before. Normally it would just be (5). And an &lit, or ‘all-in-one’ clue.
15 Irritable, youth leader after trial
A charade of TEST and Y for the first letter of ‘youth’.
17 Drink that may get one general drunk by end of evening
‘End of evening’ is G; follow that by (I GENERAL)* and you’ve got your answer.
19 The very same dialect in broadcast
21 Some criminal lawyers taken together
Hidden in crimIN AL Lawyers.
23 What may be required during play in new surroundings
CHANGE OF SCENERY
24 Small leaves used in cooking the Parisian rejected inside? Scarcely
A bit complicated to parse. It’s S for ‘small’ followed by PARSLEY for the’cooking leaves’, with LE for one of the French words for ‘the’ reversed inside that.
25 Loan shark certain to be seen in ancient city
An insertion of SURE in UR for the setters’ favourite ‘ancient city’. USURER is not perhaps a word in most people’s active vocabulary, but if you’ve been doing cryptics for a bit, then you will certainly have come across it.
1 Changing at the front, rowing crew in large bay
Everyman is inviting you to think of EIGHT for a ‘rowing crew’ and then change the first letter. North Utsire, South Utsire, Fisher, German Bight … for aficionados of the Shipping Forecast.
2 Dope in an inferior position?
DOPE, like GEN, is a slang word for ‘information’ or LOWDOWN. So it’s a dd cum cd.
3 Powerful guns, not well positioned in main road
An insertion of ILL in ARTERY.
5 Sort of language used by heartless guy in resort
(HEARTLESS GUY IN)* with ‘resort’ as the anagrind. The dialect now common in the South-East, particularly along the Thames Estuary. A comparatively recent phenomenon, and often adopted by politicians appealing for the youth or working-class vote.
6 Intoxicating froth on top of yours
HEAD over Y for the first letter of ‘yours’. Think beer.
7 Go round with a child for a vegetable
A charade of SPIN, A and CH. Heat a knob of butter and glug of olive oil in a pan, chuck in a handful of chopped spring onions and cook for a bit. Add two handfuls of frozen peas and cook a bit more. Add a good glass of white wine, reduce the heat and simmer for a while; then add shedloads of SPINACH. When the spinach has wilted, add some more butter and season with black pepper. Serve with whatever. Delish.
8 Total got from a boy standing in narrow opening
An insertion of GREG in A GATE.
9 Getting on coach for Roedean, say
A charade of BOARDING for ‘getting on’ and SCHOOL for ‘coach’. Roedean is the posh all gels’ school just outside Brighton.
13 Synchronise men’s rehearsed moves
A charade of SET for ‘synchronise’, one of the squillion or so synonyms of this word; and PIECES for ‘men’ in the chess sense. The phrase is most often heard in a football context.
14 Wisecracks concerning English passenger ships
A charade of ON, E and LINERS.
16 Czech composer in Vilnius met an accompanist
Hidden in VilnuiS MET AN Accompanist. Bedrich SMETANA is indeed a Czech composer; Everyman didn’t have to tell us his nationality, but he is being gentle with us this morning.
18 Scholar enthralled by a true eccentric, a dabbler
An insertion of MA for ‘Master of Arts’ or ‘scholar’ in A (TRUE)* with ‘eccentric’ as the anagrind.
20 Adult wearing clothes, garments worn by ancient Romans
Another insertion: of A in TOGS.
22 Hen, perhaps, in film
Everyman often gives us an old film as a solution, but this is a double bluff and a double definition, since a hen is a LAYER of eggs.
Thanks to the setter as always for an enjoyable Sunday morning puzzle.